Dogs Only Yawn When They’re Tired – This one might not actually be well misunderstood! Now, obviously, if you pup is tired, they’ll likely yawn, but have you ever noticed them yawning in situations that are a bit strange? This is because dogs use yawning as a signal! Yawning for dogs is a way deal with anxiety and reduce stress. So if you’re dog has a not so nice encounter at the dog park and yawns, they might be a little upset and potentially self-soothing.
Dogs Are Colour-blind – incorrect! Though believed by many for a very long time, it’s recently(ish) that we’ve discovered that dogs DO see in colour. Not all colours mind, they don’t have full colour vison like people or birds. Structurally, the canine retina contains 2 of the 3 photo receptor types necessary to see colour. Studies have shown that they see several colours, including different saturations of yellow, blue, and grey. The range of colour in their visual spectrum is less than what we see.
A Wagging Tail Means a Happy Dog – It’s one of the most recognisably doggy traits, a happy wagging tail. But a wagging tail doesn’t always mean the dog is friendly or happy. It’s very important as dog owners to understand your dogs tail and what different motions mean. Tail wagging can mean happiness, excitement, and alertness, or it can signal fear, anxiety or be a prelude to aggression. To see what your dogs tail motions mean, check out our blog on DOGS TAILS.
You Can’t Teach Old Dogs New Tricks - Okay s this is more of a saying, but the roots are definitely in the belief that teaching tricks or training a puppy is easier than an older dog. To be honest, you should be teaching your pupper new things all the time, no mater their age. Like us, as dogs’ age, they can be less interested in learning new activities and are less responsive to training. Remember also, some older dogs have decreased vision and hearing or joint issues which can make training a little more difficult. With time and patience, an older dog should be able to learn any trick a younger dog can, within the limitations of their physical ability.
You Should Let Your Female Dog Have Puppies Before Spaying Her – Okay, this can be pretty decisive. And some topics on Facebook posts can get down-right nasty. But it’s hard to ignore actual facts. Letting your female dog have puppies or even just go through one heat cycle makes no difference to their overall health at all. In fact, spaying her prior to the first heat cycle will significantly reduce the likelihood of mammary cancer later in life. Some argue that dogs may be missing something by not having a litter. However, dogs do not experience a sense of loss by not having offspring. Remember also, dogs that go through a heat are attractive to male dogs up to 2 miles away. She may inadvertently get pregnant adding to the problem of pet overpopulation.
A Dry Nose Means a Sick Pup! - Though this is a long help misconception, its been dispelled many times over the years. Like, cows sitting down means it’s going to rain. Sometimes cows just want to chill out, y’know? Wetness, dryness, or the temperature of the dog’s nose can vary with normal daily activities and is not a reliable indicator of health or illness. Changes in daily routine, activity and appetite are much more reliable indicators of how a dog is feeling.